Bale handed Maicon a bath in the 3-1 win.
Asked what Maicon was saying to him, Bale told the Daily Mail: "Sorry.
"He said it every time he kicked me."
And nothing else?
"No, that was pretty much it. He's a nice guy."
That may be so but it was extraordinarily gracious. Proof that a man widely regarded as the finest right back in the world is as classy a person as he is a player.
"But I think all the Brazilians are like that," said Bale. "They are just unbelievably nice people. Heurelho Gomes always says "Well done" to me after matches."